I Krush 
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Irina Krush
Number of games in database: 711
Years covered: 1996 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2490
Highest rating achieved in database: 2502
Overall record: +254 -184 =223 (55.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      50 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (84) 
    E32 E39 E34 E38 E44
 King's Indian (35) 
    E94 E73 E99 E92 E90
 Slav (35) 
    D15 D11 D10 D12 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (26) 
    D31 D35 D36 D30 D37
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A41 A46 E00 A40 D05
 Grunfeld (18) 
    D85 D87 D70 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (140) 
    B63 B28 B52 B23 B22
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (43) 
    D27 D20 D23 D26 D25
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (31) 
    B63 B67 B62 B60 B65
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    A40 D02 A45 E00 D00
 King's Indian (19) 
    E60 E98 E90 E97 E92
 Slav (16) 
    D11 D10 D15 D17 D16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Korchnoi vs I Krush, 2007 0-1
   I Krush vs K B Richardson, 2007 1-0
   O Zambrana vs I Krush, 2003 0-1
   I Krush vs Nakamura, 2001 1-0
   I Krush vs Akopian, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs Lenderman, 2010 1-0
   I Krush vs Shabalov, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs Kosteniuk, 2008 1-0
   I Krush vs E Vicary, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs Kaidanov, 2010 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   2008 Women's Olympiad (2008)
   Corus (Group C) (2008)
   US Women's Championship (2008)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   USA Women Championship (2010)
   US Championship (Women) (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   US Championship (Women) (2012)
   US Chess Championships (Women) (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Krush! by larrewl

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(born Dec-24-1983) Ukraine (citizen of United States of America)
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WGM; IM (2000); Grandmaster (2013); 5-time US women's champion (1998, 2007, 2010, 2012 & 2013).

Irina Krush ((Russian: Ирина Круш) was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She learned chess in 1989, the same year she and her family moved to Brooklyn in the United States. At age 12 she became a master and won the International Master title in 2000.


In 1998 she won the U.S. Women's Championship, becoming the youngest-ever holder of that title. The following year she tied for first place in the female section of the World Junior Championship. In 2007 she reclaimed the title of U.S. Women's Champion, and repeated that feat in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Krush has competed in a number of Women's World Championship events. In 2000, 2004 and 2006, she played in the Women's World Championship Knockout matches, making it to round two on all three occasions. She qualified for the 2008 event but was unable to participate. In the FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012), and beat Singapore IM Li Ruofan and Swedish GM Pia Cramling in the early rounds before bowing out in the tiebreaker to the third round to WGM Huang Qian.

Standard Tournaments

Krush earned her first GM norm in 2001 by tying for first place at the Mayor's Cup International Tournament in New York City. She won her 2nd GM norm at the Women's World Team Championship (2013) and her 3rd GM norm (and requisite 2500 rating) at the Baku Open (2013).


In 1998, she lost a short match to John Fedorowicz by 1.5-2.5 (+0 -1 =3).

Team Events

<Olympiads> Krush played for the US team in 1998, and from 2002 to 2012 inclusive, playing either first or second board. She was second board for the silver-medal-winning US team at the 36th Olympiad, Women (2004) and board one for the bronze medal winning team at the Women's Olympiad (2008).

<World Team Championships> Krush played for the USA in the Yinzhou Cup Women World Teams (2009) and the Women's World Team Championship in 2013 (see above). Playing board 2 in the latter, she scored a silver and a gold medal, and won her 3rd GM norm, for her efforts on board two.

<National Leagues> Krush plays for the New York Knights in the U.S. Chess League and has played for Guildford ADC in the 4NCL.

Kasparov vs The World

Krush was part of the consultation team that included Etienne Bacrot, Elisabeth Paehtz and Florin Felecanin that made recommendations to the public in the Kasparov vs The World, 1999 game played over the internet. Garry Kasparov played the white pieces and The World, via the internet, voted on moves for the black pieces, guided by the recommendations of Krush and the others.


Pascal Charbonneau is her ex-husband.

Wikipedia article: Irina Krush; USCF bio:

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 711  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Krush vs M Fierro  0-136 1996 New York OpenE92 King's Indian
2. I Krush vs Wang Yu 0-136 1996 Wch U14 GirlsA56 Benoni Defense
3. I Krush vs G Leite  1-031 1996 New York OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. Y Dembo vs I Krush 1-030 1996 Wch U14 Disney GirlsB89 Sicilian
5. I Krush vs L Khusnutdinova  1-033 1997 Wch U14 GirlsD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
6. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062 1998 Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
7. Sherzer vs I Krush  1-043 1998 World opB56 Sicilian
8. H Akopyan vs I Krush  0-140 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Browne vs I Krush  1-045 1999 Browne - Krush matchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. I Krush vs D Schneider  1-065 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. I Krush vs Browne  1-038 1999 Koltanowski Team MatchE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
12. I Krush vs D Zilberstein  1-044 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. E Perelshteyn vs I Krush  1-024 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B08 Pirc, Classical
14. I Krush vs A Schenk  1-058 1999 WCh U18 BoysE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
15. I Krush vs Browne  0-130 1999 Browne - Krush matchE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
16. J Shahade vs I Krush 1-070 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. I Krush vs Barsov  1-044 1999 Hampstead GM 5thE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
18. I Krush vs Zaremba  1-041 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Browne vs I Krush 1-047 1999 Browne - Krush matchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. I Krush vs G Braylovsky  1-052 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)A15 English
21. Dzindzichashvili vs I Krush  ½-½55 1999 Koltanowski Team MatchA06 Reti Opening
22. I Krush vs M Martinez  ½-½63 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. I Krush vs Browne  ½-½74 1999 Browne - Krush matchE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
24. V Bhat vs I Krush 1-051 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B23 Sicilian, Closed
25. I Krush vs DeFirmian  ½-½29 1999 Koltanowski Team MatchE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
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  waustad: I'm interested in helping to do chess in the schools in my town. My problem is that I don't want to be liable for what the students do when they are supposed to be with me and any other strange thing people may suggest. I taught for years and realize the FERPA problem: you are not allowed to talk to a student about grades in front of anybody else and if you are alone with a student you are in danger of being accussed of all manner of things that you didn't do. All of this for a job that doesn't pay much. I'm not that interested in stepping into that world as a volunteer. If a teacher is present I'm good, but I won't put myself in that danger alone. It is a serious drag that anybody needs to think like that before doing a public service.
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  Bob Loblaw: I hope Irina has achieved her third norm, but if she hasn't, she certainly will soon given the strength she exhibited in a strong field in Baku.
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  Shams: Irina writes about her successful tournament in Baku:
Oct-05-13  TwoKnights: She paid her dues and earned it congrats.
Oct-08-13  Illogic: On the USCF forums, someone who is at the FIDE Congress said that Irina's GM-elect status was confirmed!
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  plang: I thought that you needed a minimum of a 2500 rating to be awarded the GM title. Did the rule change?
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  Shams: <plang> No, Irina's rating did:
Oct-08-13  belgradegambit: Wow. Congrats to Irina. And thanks Shams for the link to her article.
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  waustad: <On the USCF forums, someone who is at the FIDE Congress said that Irina's GM-elect status was confirmed!> Excellent. I noticed on the live ratings that she is now ahead of Tatiana Kosintseva who is having a poor tournament in the Russian Superfinals. Krush is not the highest rated active woman living in the US now, since Nadezhda Kosintseva is now a student at UT Dallas and on the chess team there.
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  Shams: I didn't realize that she and Charbonneau had separated.
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  HeMateMe: Didn't they divorce, years ago? I believe he gave up professional chess, and is an I.T. guy. With a name like Pascal, well, what else?
Oct-13-13  Everyone: She's hot stuff.
Oct-13-13  mrriddler: Yep, she's got the 3 norms apparently. They actually credited the team championship from before.

Two norms in a year. Congrats to Irina. Long time in coming.

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  HeMateMe: congratulations to new GM Irina Krush.
Oct-25-13  EvanTheTerrible: 2500 club!
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  Jambow: Bravo been rooting for her.
Oct-30-13  gezafan: She has a great name for a chessplayer!
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  Jambow: I was thinking her name went well with an adolescent romantically inclined infatuation too, but yea works great for chess doesn't it.
Oct-31-13  SimonWebbsTiger: Krush isn't pronounced "crush", alas. More like "croosh".

But who cares? We all have a crush on Krush. She is a pretty lass and, judging by her co-commentry with Simon Williams at Gibraltar earlier this year, quite a fun person. Obviously a fine women's player too, racking up US Ladies' Championships -- yeah GM elect Irina!

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  paulalbert: The Marshall Chess Club hosted a reception for Irina last night to celebrate her earning the GM title. Irina answered questions and then gave lecture on two games from the Baku tournament where she earned her final GM norm and had a performance rating over 2600 which also got her rating above the required 2500 for the GM title.
Nov-13-13  Illogic: Speaking of lectures by Irina, there have been some great ones by her recently posted here:
Nov-20-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Congrats on your final GM norm GM Krush. Been following your career since seeing you on a YouTube upload as a youngster with the great Karpov and GM Henley a few years ago. Would enjoy seeing you take on The World. That would be an excellent game.
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  waustad: <Illogic>Thanks for the link. The lectures I looked at are on the right level for me. I saw enough of what was coming to feel good about not being lost but got to see some ideas I hadn't really considered. By the way, Happy B'day GM Krush!
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  waustad: She's playing at the Reykjavik Open but isn't paired in the second round. She won her first round game, so she's there. Hopefully she's healthy so that isn't the reason she took a bye. There were a lot of people who weren't paired for the second round, probably more than I've seen at a tournament before, so I wonder what is going on.
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  cro777: After a dozen years with the IM title, Irina Krush becomes the first American woman to achieve the International Grandmaster title. In addition to being the youngest ever winner of the U.S. Women’s Championship (at age 14), a record she still holds, Irina was also the first (at age 16) American woman to earn the International Master title.

At the National Junior Congress 2014 (February 28 – March 2) Annie Wang (born 2002), took 12 and Under with a perfect 5-0 and earned her first Master rating. This makes her the youngest ever female master in the US, surpassing Irina Krush's previous record by over a year!

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